Dogs don’t understand English, and their humans will be able to communicate more effectively with them if they understand some basics, say experienced dog trainers:
- Your dog is a pack animal, and will be more relaxed and less prone to problem behavior if it’s sure you’re the pack leader. Your job is to provide for your dog’s basic needs, define a clear structure with boundaries, supply attention and affection and protect your pet from harm.
- Be aware of your body language and how you use eye contact, since these are ways dogs determine your intentions.
- Dogs learn by repetition, and don’t generalize, so be clear about what you want and consistent in how you respond.
For more information, read "Teach your dog who's boss at home," written by a highly trained dog trainer.